By Steven Ainganiza
FORT PORTAL. Two patients have died at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital due to anemia and negligence of the medics on duty.
Rutaraka George and another one only identified as Bahati hailing from Rwamwanja Refugee Camp in Kamwenge died on Friday afternoon.
The attendants to the deceased revealed that the medical workers referred them to Mbarara Referral Hospital for blood transfusion but denied them chance to use the hospital ambulance to rush them there.
After their death, the bodies were abandoned in the ward for over two hours something that scared the patients prompting them to alert the district officials calling for their intervention.
Upon receiving the infuriating calls, Richard Rwabuhinga the Kabarole district Chairperson and Samson Muyamba the Officer in Charge at Fort Portal Police Station rushed to the hospital and were shocked to find bodies of the deceased lying in the ward with patients.
When tasked to explain, the nurses on duty said they had alerted the mortuary attendant to pick the bodies but could not respond.
The district Chairperson cautioned the medics to stick to their professional ethics and treat patients with humanity.
Dr. Kalisa Kyebambe the Deputy Hospital Director when asked about the incident responded that the hospital is overwhelmed by the huge number of patients from Rwamwanja Refugee Camp suffering from Anemia.
He explains that the hospital is experiencing blood shortage due to the breakdown of the blood processing machine at the Regional blood bank making it impossible for the hospital to transmit blood to patients.
Late last year, five patients died at the same facility over blood shortage.